Where do we begin, a pandemic is certainly something you probably never envisioned living through, let alone planning a wedding through. We hear you. We have had the opportunity to connect with so many amazing couples (clients and people who have just reached out to us) who are currently planning their weddings through the stress and we have been able to provide our best advice to help them move forward.
While you transitioning through this unprecedented time, just know that you are not alone and more importantly, we are here for you. We see you and we are here to help you through this. All of your vendors are here for you. Your family is here for you, everyone is here to support you on this journey.
So, I am sure you are sitting here thinking, what do you do when the future is completely unknown? That’s where we are here to help. We are going to provide you with some thoughts on what you may want to consider as you navigate through this time. Most importantly, remember that if you have to postpone any of your wedding events, that it is just postponed (not cancelled!) to provide you with more time to enjoy the process.
If your wedding plans are for this summer/fall, here are some items that might be good to ponder before making any changes to your wedding plans.
- Allow yourself to feel your emotions. You’re allowed to be upset, you’re allowed to be angry that your plans have changed. You’re allowed to be frustrated that you’re not sure what to do. Allow yourself to feel those emotions and please don’t let anyone make it seem like it’s “fine”. You are allowed to feel however you want to feel about everything that is happening right now.
- Reach out to your venue to check in. Check in with your venue contact to see if they have any updates on what their plans are for continued closures and rescheduling. They’ll be able to provide you with some information and they may be able to provide you with some piece of mind or even better, a plan of action
- Talk to your vendors. They will be able to offer the best advice! Even if you don’t have a wedding planner, reach out to a wedding planner and they will be happy to provide advice. We have provided a lot of friends, family, clients and people who aren’t clients with a lot of advice. If you are thinking of making any changes or rescheduling, talk to them about what that means in terms of their services. All of your vendors will have advice and will be able to provide you with their plans moving forward as well. Don’t be afraid to have the conversation, they are all there to help.
- If you are thinking of postponing, inquire with your vendors about you’re preferred new date. Keep in mind, many vendors book years in advance, therefore be sure to check and make sure they’re all available before you change your date officially (if that’s what you are thinking!)
- If you have to make changes – this is your time to be creative. We have had the opportunity to really see how creative people have gotten to be through this time and its quite incredible. From still getting married on the original date and having a Zoom reception party with their families and loved ones, to getting married in a church and putting printed pictures of their entire guest list at each seat. We will be posting a blog on this very subject later this week… stay tuned!
- Do what you want to do! If your date significant and you don’t want to have to push your wedding forward, then don’t! You can get married just the two of you and have a reception later. Many couples are opting for that, as they just want to be able to marry the love of their life, because after all, isn’t that everything the day is supposed to be?
We also have some amazing tips for those newly engaged couples, when booking your wedding at a time like this, here are some wonderful tips for you.
- Enjoy the moments with your new fiancé! Take the time to take the joy of this amazing occasion, it is so exciting for everyone involved and you will enjoy that newly engaged bubble.
- Venues may have delays, but they will get back to you. When trying to contact venues and vendors, they may not be in the office so it may take time for them to get back to you. They may also be trying to rearrange their current weddings to the following year, which may take some time.
- Wedding vendors are trying to navigate their schedules. Many wedding vendors may not be booking for the following year yet… or often book years in advance. That being said, with both paths, vendors may be trying to figure out how they can accommodate any weddings that need to rebook from this year and providing them priority. Which in our minds, really isn’t a bad thing. This means they truly care for their clients and are ensuring they can still work with them and provide them with the services they deserve. Which is exactly what you will want in a wedding vendor too!
- Ask as many questions as you need to! Any vendor will be happy to answer your questions, and will be happy to provide advice as you navigate to planning a wedding during a time where everything is so up in the air
- Talk to a wedding planner. Even if you haven’t budgeted for it, and weren’t planning to hire a wedding planner, it doesn’t hurt to inquire with how they can help. They can help by providing advice, pointing you in the right direction and being an advocate for you. If you think a wedding planner may be out of your budget, don’t forget they offer different packages to accommodate. Waltzly (that’s us!) offers different wedding planning packages to accommodate all budgets, including hourly wedding planning where you can book us even just for a few hours and ask as many questions as possible. How awesome is that!
Wedding planning is such a remarkable time in your life and it will continue to be, before and after this pandemic storm. Most importantly, remember if you are postponing, you are just postponing, not cancelling. The wedding will happen and don’t forget, love is never cancelled. Stay safe, stay healthy and we know you’ll stay in love.